About David Keighley

David Keighley is a Director and full time clinical therapist at Therapy Retreats. He is a BBC Channel 4 couples therapy consultant. He left his full time counselling practice over 30 years ago to train as an Anglican priest and he has maintained his professional interest in the relationship between psychology and spirituality throughout his life. Although now retired from parish ministry he had combined his past role as a parish priest and hospital chaplain, with his current work as a psychotherapist and a chaplain with the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Constabulary. 

He has a great belief in his clients ability to make progress despite the fact that many have tried to deal with their issues in the past without success. Clients find his forward-looking direction for change one of the most appreciated aspects of his programme. His experience in counselling has included a number of clinical and teaching posts. As a qualified teacher he has taught in an Adolescent Crisis Unit at a psychiatric hospital as well as in state and special schools. His adult teaching posts have included teaching counselling, psychotherapy and hypnotherapy at post-graduate medical centres in Devon and Cornwall. 

He was a tutor to RAF staff for ‘Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome’ counselling during Gulf War I and tutor in spirituality, counselling & personal growth at Exeter University. He has worked as a therapist at the Obesity Unit of Addenbrookes Hospital under Professor Philip James, as a NHS practice counsellor and provider of psychological services and as therapist at the Wellingborough (Northants) and Peverell (Plymouth) Centres for Psychotherapy. He has been a therapist at the Crown Heights & Camrose NHS Medical Centre's in Basingstoke, Hampshire and Belmont Surgery in St.Austell, Cornwall.

David’s philosophy is that therapy should be a truly healing experience that helps people move forward with a greater self-awareness and understanding of why negative and destructive life choices are made, and how they can be removed to allow positive and permanent changes for the better. 

He studied psychological medicine under Dr Tilleard-Cole at the Oxford Institute of Psychiatry and Psychological Medicine and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy under Professor Paul Salkovis. In his clinical practice he has specialised in Cognitive Behavioural Couple Therapy and Clinical Hypnotherapy. He studied IBCT (Integrative Behavioural Couple Therapy) under Professor Andrew Christensen, UCLA and CFT (Compassion Focused Therapy) under Professor Paul Gilbert. He is a member of a number of professional bodies and a Senior Associate of the Royal Society of Medicine (RSM), registered with the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CHNC) in Hypnotherapy, the Hampshire Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (HACP) and a member of the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies, (BABCP) and the Complex Trauma Institute. He is on the accredited register of the Professional Standards Authority allowing doctors to refer patients directly. Membership of other professional bodies have been allowed to lapse as he is trying to be semi-retired. 


In March 2016 David launched his personal therapy programme called 'Instant Image Therapy' (IIT) at the Royal Society of Medicine.This programme unites a wide range of evidence-based and current neuroscience concepts. This is the therapy which he has developed over nearly four decades of clinical practice and refined over the past seven years to become the unique programme he is able to offer to his clients today. It is an integral part of his popular "Save Your Marriage In Three Days" retreat.

2023 was an exceptionally busy year and produced a lot of international and UK interest in David's private and individually led therapy retreats at our country cottage venues. In 2024 so far there has been an increasing demand for, and interest in, his unique "Save Your Marriage In Three Days" retreat, the effectiveness of which can be seen on the testimonials page. At these private retreats David can help resolve a wide range of personal and emotional issues with a specific and highly effective programme which can range from two days to a full week.


All clients who have attended these retreats have noticed a positive change in mindset and optimism for the future during the time of the retreat as his many testimonials bear witness see above or visit our testimonials page.

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